Courtney Act to star in first ever “Dragazine” late-night show

By : Colton Adkins
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The world’s first “Dragazine” show will feature Season 4’s winner of “Big Brother U.K.” Courtney Act on Channel 4 where “everyone is welcome,” according to the network.

“The Courtney Act Show,” an hour-long late-night show, will welcome celebrity guests with discussions on politics, pop culture and musical numbers.

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RuPaul wins first Emmy as ‘Drag Race’ host

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RuPaul Charles, host of the aptly named RuPaul’s Drag Race, won his first Emmy at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards Sept. 10.

Charles took home the award for outstanding host of a reality or reality competition series.

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How to Get Around: Making the most of your Big Gay Weekend

By : Kirk Hartlage
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This ain’t our first rodeo, nor is it our first Big Gay Weekend in the middle of the haze of somewhere we might have been before but can’t remember (thanks, 1990s). As the big GayDayS celebration and all of its surrounding festivities hit the ground running for their 26th year of red shirts, we want to make certain that you, dear reader visiting from anywhere in the world, have a sense of place in all of the many splendored places. There’s nothing like being in the wrong place at the wrong time – mind, some of the best surprises happen there – but just to get your ducks, mice and bears in a row, we’ve compiled a partial list of potential adventures for you to choose depending on the color of your mood ring. You asked for a tour guide, right? No? Well you’re about to get one! Clearly, the whole region turns into a rainbow for this very long weekend, so if you throw a magical wand, you’re bound to find something to tickle your fancy.

Happy partying, stay safe and have a magical day or six.

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Rupaul’s Drag Race announces queens for 8th season

By : Jeremy Williams
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Get ready for a lot of glam and a whole lot of shade.

Logo TV and Entertainment Weekly have released the names of the 12 queens who will strut their stuff in the eighth season of Rupaul’s Drag Race.

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Petition calls for Ginger Minj as the next Edna in NBC’s “Hairspray”

By : Jeremy Williams
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NBC has turned live musical productions into a television event and after the success of The Sound of Music and The Wiz (Peter Pan was a bit of a letdown commercially), they have announced that the next musical to get the peacock network’s stage will be Hairspray.

Hairspray originated as a film by John Waters in 1988 starring Divine and Ricki Lake and became a Tony Award winning Broadway musical in 2003. The musical was turned into a 2007 film starring John Travolta and Michelle Pfeiffer.

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Faux queen Sonique rocks the stage at VMAs

By : Ciara Varone
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Parliament House Orlando’s very own faux queen* Sonique shared the stage with Miley Cyrus for the closing of what will be remembered as a very gay year for the VMAs. Cyrus, who revealed in a recent issue of Elle U.K. that she was pansexual, ended her hosting gig of the 2015 show with a dynamic performance highlighting LGBT youth and contestants from RuPaul’s Drag Race, including Sonique.

“Congrats to our very own Footlight Player, Sonique and all 30 RuPaul’s Drag Race gals on last nights EPIC closing at the VMA’s! You all rocked it!” Parliament House said in a Facebook post.

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Issue 22.03: Southern Sass

By : Jake Stevens
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Southern Sass: Orlando’s Ginger Minj takes on her biggest stage yet: Season 7 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Diamond Awards honor Tampa Bay’s business community, FFA sues over same-sex marriage licenses in Orange County , local news, celebrity interviews, and much, much more!

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Overheard in Orlando: ‘Let It Go’ Pam Bondi!

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Is Ginger Minj MIA for RDR?
Something suspicious is happening on Facebook these days, and it could mean big news for fans of Orlando drag performer Ginger Minj. Website Dragaholic.com recently posted speculation on contestants for Season 7 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. The website sites sudden social media disappearances of drag performers around the nation as reason to believe they are filming the popular LOGO series in California. Ginger Minj is among the social media absentees! Ginger posted last month that she was to be quarantined for MRSA and in doing so she will have limited access to the internet. This sent the rumor mill sashaying, since Ginger was recently campaigning to be one of the fabulous ladies for Season 7. As an accomplished performer, Ginger/Josh has performed in theatrical productions and appeared in television across the nation as well as been nationally recognized in various female impersonator pageants. Watermark couldn’t get in touch with Ginger, but her husband, William, confirmed the MRSA quarantine.

No Queens for King’s!
The HRC Disco Bowl IV split from calling King’s Bowling it’s home. The I-Drive bowling ally was an unwelcoming place, according to the HRC, when an employee of the establishment told organizers exactly that. Management has since apologized for the employee’s comments and tried to rectify the situation, but by then, the Disco Bowl had already been rescheduled at Colonial Lanes. It’s unclear if the change of venue will remain in 2015.

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: Local drag entertainer might be Cali-bound for RuPaul’s Drag Race

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A grand opening, maybe
Managers at St. Petersburg’s newest LGBT nightspot are remaining tight-lipped about any official grand opening plans, but sources have said that Thursday, June 12, may be the celebratory night. The bar has been unofficially open for a month now, and word-of-mouth reviews have mostly been positive. The addition of a new sidewalk/patio bar has been especially welcome. Several friends of the paper have asked about grand opening details, and all report back that an official announcement is “coming.” June 12 may or may not be the grand opening, but we say the city should show up for a cocktail or two that night anyway. They are, after all, open and serving nightly.

Beneva to go to Hollywood?
Rumors are that Sarasota-based performer Beneva Fruitville could be headed to California for the next season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. An unofficial poll on DragOfficial.com has the funny girl placed second at press time on a list of fan-favorites to appear in the upcoming season. The site is unaffiliated with LOGO or RuPaul, but is flooded with votes for 200 queens vying for a spot on Season 7. Watermark selected Beneva as favorite area Drag Entertainer last year and is known for her hilarious take on Drag Bingo in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. To vote for Beneva, visit DragOfficial.com/Rupauls-Drag-Race-Season-7.html.

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Britney on (not) being a gay icon, feeling like an outsider and that ‘adorable and hilarious’ comment

By : Chris Azzopardi
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It’s Britney, bitch.

No, really, it is. She’s on the phone. And Britney Spears’ the meek, reserved, media-shy entertainer doesn’t get on the phone with press very often these days.

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